Obelixx


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Laurel removal

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 11:11

Yes, but you'll need to do it soon and make sure they don't go thirsty for the rest of this summer.  Water them well and leave to soak for an hour or so and then dig up with as much root and surrounding soil as you can.  Re-plant at the same depth and water well.   Maybe give a mulch of chipped bark to retain moisture round their roots.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 11:04

The NHS is great when it works but, unfortunately, that depends a lot on where you are and who's running your service.  FIL had a dreadful time - not being diagnosed for eye troubles which led to him being almost blind, not being diagnosed for lung cancer so a rapid and painful decline when it was too late to help, MIL not being diagnosed with dementia - only got that sorted and FIL's stuff after a visit to us in Belgium and I had to get the other SIL/DIL on the case - home helps, day care and so on and she lives 200 miles away but did go down and sort stuff.


60k sounds a bit excessive, even with lots of kit.   I am discovering I may have too many spices....


Your cottage kitchen looks very calm and pretty without being frilly.   Went for dinner in Austin, Texas once with a colleague of OH when he was there for 4 months in 1988 and she had adopted the whole frontier style - patchwork, gingham, swags, hearts and bows everywhere.   Antidote to her OH perhaps - hunter, shooter, fisher who drove round with a rifle strapped to his Ute and liked to be in bed by 10pm.  Been abroad once, in the early 80s and thought London was mad because he couldn't get dinner at 6pm and too much traffic.


Wonky needs to take lots of photos and mark pieces with a good marker pen.

Last edited: 30 March 2017 11:05:25

Save my hedge?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:59

Once you've removed the dead trees and branches, give them a generous sprinkling of something like pelleted chicken manure around the roots and then a good long soak with the hosepipe - unless you've had lots and lots of rain recently.   Conifers do tend to strip the nutrients and moisture out of the soil so giving them an extra feed and a drink will help strengthen them.

Nettle tea for clematis?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:55

Now and later.  It encourages flower production.

Forest Pansy

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:42

I was given one of these for a significant birthday.   It did not like cold Belgian winters and the top died but it came back as though it had been coppiced and made a great shrub.   Unfortunately, the newt winter was even worse and it turned up its toes completely so yes, as long as you are not exposed to cold winds, deep frosts and very wet winters, you can keep this pruned as a shrub and enjoy the lovely foliage.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:39

Good luck with that.  I had a constant battle with yellow lamium after being given a clump which got just too happy.


Have you tried Chelsea chopping the rudbeckias?

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:33

Joyce - I received an email from Bravissimmo who do proper bras for "gifted" ladies.


The headline?  Bounce into spring with our new styles!  


Made me laugh anyway.   I thought a good bra was supposed to reduce shoogling to a minimum.

Last edited: 30 March 2017 09:34:56

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 08:48

Pat - yes, LEPRA is a charity working to treat and eradicate leprosy.   When I was born there wasn't a cure, just care, so it was a remote colony caring for sufferers.   My parents stayed 5 years and then came home to protect us from catching it.      


Saw bits of Stargazing - that woman presenter/scientists drives me mad.  Why does she have to appear so dippy?   Take it gently GWRS.


Thought I was OK this morning but stiffening up so back on the muscle relaxant meds and taking it very easy - frustrating but I'll get there.


The dentist will take your mind off the weather Hosta.

Nettle tea for clematis?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 08:40

It is mostly nitrogen so save it for leafy plants.  Clematis need food to encourage flowers too so comfrey tea would be better.

Gaura

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:32

They certainly don't do Belgian winters either.  Friends there treat them as annuals.  


Very happy when we arrived here to see them in gardens and village centre plantings but don't  yet know if they've survived the frosts although it has been quite dry this winter.  I bought 3 the other day - a white one, a pink one and a deeper pink one with silvery streaks on the leaves.  I'm hoping they'll do as cuttings and also plan to collect seed, just in case.

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